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Legalisation of Civil Wars: The Legal Institutionalisation of Non-International Armed Conflicts

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This article is concerned with the legal challenges of regulating civil wars in international humanitarian law. Civil war is not a term used in international law; it falls however, withing the context of the legal term 'armed conflicts not of an international character', although the shorter 'non-international armed conflict' is used here. Civil wars are usually limited to the territory of a state. Considering that international law is generally concerned with the legal relations between states – being a legal system based on the system of states with states as its subjects – the main question is how civil wars as internal conflicts have become subject to international humanitarian law.
Original languageEnglish
JournalE C M I Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe
Issue number1
Number of pages33
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2009
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